TCLA is now taking applications for auditions for the 2017-2018 Season!
Trans Chorus of Los Angeles (TCLA) is the largest group of trans and non-binary people, anywhere in the world, who gather regularly to create music. TCLA is the premier transgender chorus in the world and has been covered and featured on NPR, MSNBC, LA Weekly, The Advocate and in the LA TIMES, ‘Providing an essential voice’.
TCLA’s mission is to fiercely empower trans, non-binary and intersex people to discover, love and use their voices to change the social ecology. Everywhere. It’s vision is to save lives and change hearts by being a leading global voice expressing the trans narrative.
Just finishing it’s second season, the Trans Chorus of LA presented The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars to critical acclaim in April 2017. Due to overwhelming popular demand, the LA LGBT Center and the Renberg Theater will present encore performances of the TCLA production of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars at 8 pm Saturday August 26, 2017 and 2 pm Sunday August 27, 2017.
What kind of musical or stage experience is expected from new TCLA performers?
New TCLA performers should have:
- Some choral, show choir or musical theater experience, whether from having sung in a church, school or community group.
- The ability to sight read and/or sing back immediately what is heard.
- The ability to learn text in other languages and memorize music for performances.
- The ability to move rhythmically.
- The desire to perform a wide variety of music and have fun.
What kind of time commitment does TCLA membership require?
TCLA’s 3rd season begins late August 2017 and runs to the end of June 2018 with weekly rehearsals and three major concert productions. Singers are expected to commit to our rehearsal and performance schedule for a minimum of one year. Attendance at rehearsals and performances is mandatory.
Where and when are TCLA rehearsals?
Regular TCLA rehearsals are held every Sunday 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the GMCLA offices 8920 Sunset Blvd. Suite 200B in West Hollywood. Singers are encouraged to attend Sunday sectionals at 3:30 pm during the Fall season. The Spring TCLA production rehearsals are 1:30 pm to 7:30 pm every Sunday for choreography, sectionals and chorus rehearsal.
A sitzprobe, tech rehearsal and dress rehearsal, in addition to the regular weekly rehearsal, is held during the week prior to each major stage production. Additional rehearsals may be required at the discretion of the Artistic Director. Singers are encouraged to attend sectionals hosted by singers throughout the season typically during weekends and in singers’ homes in different parts of Los Angeles in addition to the weekly rehearsal.
When and where are TCLA’s performances?
Major TCLA concert productions this coming season:
- Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars at 8 pm Saturday August 26, 2017 and 2 pm Sunday August 27, 2017 at the Renberg Theater at the LA LGBT Center ‘s The Village at Ed Gould Plaza
- Mozart’s Requiem Saturday night January 20, 2018 at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral
- Take a Walk on the Wild Side May 11 & 12 at the Renberg Theater.
Fulfilling TCLA’s mission and vision, community performances are scheduled for Transgender Day of Remembrance, Transgender Day of Visibility and other trans community events. During this upcoming 3rd season, selected singers will have the opportunity to perform as guest artists for a few upcoming travel performances, one will be with Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington DC. A detailed schedule of all confirmed dates for the upcoming season are provided at audition time and as performances are booked.
What would be my financial obligations?
All TCLA members currently pay annual membership dues of $165 (monthly dues) to help cover membership related activities and scholarships. Other costs members can expect are associated with, but not limited to: travel to and from rehearsals, parking at performance spaces, concert attire, touring, retreats and social events. Social events are optional and scholarships may be available for touring.
What other responsibilities and activities will I have as a member of TCLA?
Performers are expected to fulfill TCLA’s mission, vision and core values and strive for a musical performance of high quality. Therefore, the ability to read, rehearse and learn your music in a timely manner is of the utmost importance. Punctuality and preparation are expected. TCLA requires that each singer purchase their own concert attire. For many concerts, this will be a dressy, elegant, all black outfit with black shoes. Costumes will be required for the stage shows and help will be given to provide them.
As performers, you may be approached during the season to volunteer your talents, skills, additional time or resources for organizational events and fundraisers. While participation is voluntary, it is always welcomed and greatly appreciated! Performers will have the opportunity to perform at a number of special events.
TCLA appearances this past season included:
- USPATH- UCLA concert performance
- Asterisk * Conference- UC Riverside concert performance
- Ziggy Stardust two sold out performances at the Renberg
- Dodgers LGBT Pride Night National Anthem performance
- IMRU Radio- KPFK fm 90.7 performing 30 minutes of Ziggy Stardust live
- RESIST March Rally
- LA TransPride VarieTy Show finale performance
- I RISE with GMCLA at Walt Disney Concert Hall
TCLA has Fall and Winter membership retreats and other outside activities for a chance to get away from our usual space and to get to know one another better.
What can you tell me about the audition process?
The audition consists of two parts: a musical audition and an interview. The entire process takes approximately 30 minutes. During the musical audition, the Artistic Director will ask you to:
- Sing scales and warm-ups to determine tonal quality and range
- Repeat simple melodic patterns to ascertain tonal memory and pitch recognition
- Sight-read a musical excerpt to determine your reading skill level
- Perform a short a cappella piece of your choice in any style to showcase your musicality
During the interview, you will meet with a small group of singers and board members who may ask you questions such as: What brought you to TCLA? What – if any – are your expectations of the organization? How do you feel you can contribute toward the mission and vision of TCLA? Have you demonstrated this ability in the past with other organizations?
Also during this process, the committee will give you a schedule for the entire season and review responsibilities of membership with you. This will be the perfect time for you to ask any questions!
Ready to perform with us?
Contact Us and the Audition Coordinator will be in touch! If you are unable to join us this season or have missed the audition dates, fill out the form and we will keep you posted on any possible openings and contact you when auditions are next available!
We can’t wait to hear from you!